Resolved: 2. I Am Not My Own

Resolved, I Am Not My Own

This post is part of the Resolved series: a collection of 21 personal resolutions that I’m writing/preaching to myself.

If you’d like a little more information, please visit this introduction to the Resolved series.

Resolution #2

Resolved, to never act or think in a way that would propose that I am in any way my own, but to remember that I am entirely God’s.

What and Why?

Here’s where I explain what I mean and why it matters.

I Didn’t Make Me

Psalm 139:13,15 says it like this:

“For you created my inmost being;
you knit me together in my mother’s womb.

My frame was not hidden from you
when I was made in the secret place,
when I was woven together in the depths of the earth.”

I Didn’t Birth Me

In God’s grace, he saw fit to give me two wonderful parents, a comfortable home, food to eat, schools to attend, and a whole lot of opportunities that a large percentage of the world can’t even imagine. I could just as easily have born in a slum and raised in poverty.

That decision was not my own. It had nothing to do with luck either.

I Didn’t Protect Me

I’ve made some dumb choices, been in a lot of dangerous situations, and have had my share of close calls. For all intents and purposes, I should not still be here. Yet, here I am. God has been patient, merciful, and kind with me.

I Didn’t Save Me

Again, I’m just going to let Scripture speak for me:

“For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast.” Ephesians 2:8,9 ESV

I Didn’t Fix Me

Here’s who I was before God found me:

Dark and depressing? Absolutely, but that’s what makes the good news so good.

Here’s who He says I am now:

How and When?

Here’s where I look at ways to practically apply this resolution to my life.

  1. When I’m tempted to pridefulness or arrogance, remember that I really can’t take credit for anything.
  2. Persistently pursue an attitude of stewardship as opposed to ownership in matters of time, talents, treasures, and relationships.

That’s it for resolution #2. If you’d like to keep up with this series, feel free to click one of the links below and subscribe to my RSS feed.

 

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